NCAAF Game Recap - Louisville at Western Kentucky
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

Clem
41
Syr
6
F
Ala
47
SCar
23
F
ArkSt
0
UGA
55
F
NWSt
14
LSU
65
F
Okla
48
UCLA
14
F
OHSt
51
Ind
10
F
NM
14
ND
66
F
Kent
16
Aub
55
F
Fla
29
KY
21
F
IdSt
0
Utah
31
F
Tex
48
Rice
13
F
Pitt
10
PSU
17
F
Mont
3
Oreg
35
F
Lamar
3
TxAM
62
F
Stan
27
UCF
45
F
AzSt
10
MSU
7
F
Iowa
18
IASt
17
F
WaSt
31
Hou
24
F
MD
17
Temp
20
F
PorSt
10
Boise
45
F
Hawaii
20
Wash
52
F
USC
27
BYU
30
F OT
FlaSt
24
UVA
31
F
UNC
18
Wake
24
F
Kans
48
BC
24
F
K St
31
MisSt
24
F
E Mi
34
Ill
31
F
NCSt
27
WVU
44
F
Furm
17
VaTec
24
F
Chat
0
Tenn
45
F
MiaOH
13
Cin
35
F
Cit
27
GATec
24
F OT
AF
30
Colo
23
F OT
Norf
7
CoCar
46
F
FlAtl
41
Ball
31
F
Akr
24
C Mi
45
F
ECU
10
Navy
42
F
Army
31
UTSA
13
F
OkSt
40
Tuls
21
F
Mem
42
SoAl
6
F
UNLV
14
NW
30
F
GaSo
32
Minn
35
F
SouLA
29
Miss
40
F
Lou
38
W Ky
21
F
ColSt
34
Ark
55
F
B-C
0
MiaFL
63
F
CAPly
7
OreSt
45
F
NorTx
17
Cal
23
F
Idaho
16
Wyo
21
F
LaTec
35
BGSU
7
F
SMiss
47
Troy
42
F
SCSt
16
SoFL
55
F
Buff
17
Lib
35
F
UMass
17
Char
52
F
Ohio
31
Marsh
33
F
GASt
10
WestMI
57
F
Murr
0
Toled
45
F
Web
13
Nev
19
F
TxSt
17
SMU
47
F
Duke
41
MidTN
18
F
UNH
17
FLInt
30
F
SEMO
0
Mizzu
50
F
TxSo
6
ULLaf
77
F
TCU
34
Purd
13
F
MoStU
6
Tul
58
F
SDSU
31
NMSt
10
F
NIU
8
Neb
44
F
TxTch
14
Ariz
28
F

Sep 14, 2019, 4:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Louisville (2-1)

7

24

7

0

38

Western Kentucky (1-2)

0

7

7

7

21

Atwell catches 3 TDs, Louisville tops Western Kentucky 38-21
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:41 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) No starting quarterback, no problem for the Louisville Cardinals in their 38-21 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday in a neutral-site nonconference game at Nissan Stadium.

Louisville announced prior to kickoff that starting quarterback Jawon Pass would miss the game due to a foot injury. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Malik Cunningham directed four first-half scoring drives before leaving in the third quarter following a hit to the head. True freshman Evan Conley finished up and threw a 62-yard touchdown pass on his second throw of the game as the Cardinals (2-1) dominated the Hilltoppers (1-2).

In fact, Louisville coach Steve Satterfield hinted after the game that he would be fine playing any of the Cardinals' top three quarterbacks so long as whoever is under center moves the offense.

"We always go into every week (seeing) who's healthy. That's obviously No. 1. And who's going to give us the best chance to move the offense? I don't care. I tell our quarterbacks all the time, `I don't care who plays. I really don't.' I just want whoever is playing to move our offense," Satterfield said. "As we go throughout the week, we'll evaluate it. I think our team feels good about anybody that's playing. Evan came in and did a good job. I think they love Malik and they love (Pass). Whoever gives us the best chance of winning, that's what our team wants from our quarterback."

Cunningham, who could have gone back into the game according to Satterfield, completed 7 of 10 passes in the first half for 114 yards and two touchdowns as Louisville built 31-7 halftime lead. A 9-yard shovel pass to Tutu Atwell gave Louisville a 7-0 first-quarter lead with 4:18 left. On the Cardinals' next offensive series, Cunningham and Atwell hooked up again on a 46-yard touchdown throw.

Western Kentucky closed to within 14-7 when Steven Duncan found Joshua Simon for a 77-yard TD pass. But the Hilltoppers gave up 17 unanswered points to close out the first half, including a 30-yard score on a fumble return by Rodjay Burns with 47 seconds remaining in the first half.

Hilltoppers first-year coach Tyson Helton said the Cardinals dominated his squad at the line of scrimmage, and that was the difference in the game.

"They just overpowered us, to be honest with you. Defensively for them, they controlled the line of scrimmage. They were able to hold the point and control it," Helton said. "I thought the O-line battled. They were doing the right things. They just got a little bit outmatched here and there. Defensively for us, I think they do a good job in the run game. They can cover the whole field. I thought our defense did fairly well. They moved the ball, but we were able to keep them at bay, but they were able to get those shots down the field, and that's what really hurt us."

For the game, Cunningham completed 8 of 13 passes for 119 yards and added 46 yards rushing on 16 carries. He left with 4:54 remaining in the third quarter on a hit by Western Kentucky's Jeremy Darvin that knocked his helmet off.

THE TAKEWAY

Louisville: No matter the quarterback, Tutu Atwell proved to be a big-play receiver for Louisville on Saturday. He caught four passes for 141 yards for the Cardinals, with three of the receptions going for touchdowns. Atwell caught touchdown passes of 9, 46 and 62 yards on Saturday. The Cardinals were balanced on offense with 205 yards passing to go with 210 yards rushing.

Western Kentucky: After trailing 31-7 at halftime, Western Kentucky's offense played much better in the second half, but it was highly one-dimensional. Steven Duncan, who had a 77-yard touchdown pass for the Hilltoppers' only first-half points, threw for two more scores in the second half and finished 25 of 47 for 245 yards. Gaej Walker, who came into the game ranked 11th in FBS with 252 yards rushing, was held to 41 yards on 14 attempts.

INOPPORTUNE REVIEW

A fourth-quarter sequence that ended with a fourth-down conversion that was taken away because a third-down play was reviewed, ended up getting Louisville's Jack Fagot ejected for targeting.

Western Kentucky, facing third-and-14 from its own 44, got a 12-yard completion from Duncan to Xavier Lane, setting up fourth-and-2. The Hilltoppers ran a fourth-down play and picked up the first down. But the officials blew the play dead.

A replay of the third-down play was instigated, and after review, Fagot was ejected from the game for a late hit on Lane. It left Louisville coach Satterfield perplexed about the whole sequence.

"There were a couple of things I didn't quite understand today. We were all shocked on that because they snapped the ball on fourth down," he said. "We thought they were reviewing the fourth-down play but they said they were reviewing the third-down play, and I thought it was whether he caught the ball or not. Then, they said it was targeting."

LONG TIME

Conley's 62-yard touchdown pass to Atwell marked the longest touchdown completion by a true freshman quarterback since Brian Brohm threw a 74-yard touchdown pass against Houston on Nov. 20, 2004.

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The big-play abilities of Atwell certainly caught the attention of Satterfield, who said the Cardinals need to look at more ways to get the football in the speedy wide receiver's hands. Atwell had three touchdowns on his four receptions for 141 yards. He also ran the ball twice for 10 yards.

"We've got to look back and see how many times he was targeted. We've got to find ways to get him the ball," Satterfield said.

SPOTLIGHT ON WKU

Helton said he relished the chance to get to play a Power 5 in-state school, and always looks to use those games to get his program more recognition.

"I love the fact that we got a chance to play them. I've said it before and I'll say it again, we'd love to play Louisville or Kentucky every year," Helton said. "We always want to be able to put ourselves on a platform to compete at the highest level and play against teams like that. We've got an inexperienced football team, and I think that was a good lesson for us out there today - about keep competing and getting better."

UP NEXT

Louisville: The Cardinals, now 2-1, move into Atlantic Coast Conference play next Saturday when they travel to face Florida State. The Cardinals' win Saturday was their first win away from Louisville since a November 2017 victory over arch-rival Kentucky.

Western Kentucky: The Hilltoppers, who fell to 1-2, have a bye week upcoming. The Hilltoppers will play host to Conference USA foe Alabama-Birmingham on Sept. 28 in WKU's first conference game of the season.

Passing

Lou Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Cunningham 14 9 64.3 2 123 46 0 131.8
E. Conley 3 2 66.7 1 86 62 0 149.3
W Ky Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Duncan 47 25 53.2 3 245 77 0 89.4

Rushing

Lou Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Hawkins 19 93 4.9 20 1
H. Hall 12 55 4.6 17 0
W Ky Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
G. Walker 14 41 2.9 7 0
K. McClendon 2 15 7.5 9 0

Receiving

Lou Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Atwell 5 145 29.0 62 3
M. Ford 1 23 23.0 23 0
W Ky Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Simon 1 77 77.0 77 1
L. Jackson 4 40 10.0 20 0

Fumbles

Lou F FL
C. Atwell 1 1
W Ky F FL
L. Jackson 1 1

Returning

Lou KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Burns 0 - 0 0 3 7.3 0 12
H. Hall 1 27.0 0 27 0 - 0 0
W Ky KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
G. LaFrance 5 19.8 0 24 0 - 0 0
S. Witchoskey 1 10.0 0 10 0 - 0 0

Punting

Lou Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. King 4 153 38.3 47
W Ky Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Haggerty 5 208 41.6 63

Takeaways

Lou Int Yds InTD
A. Johnson 0 0 0
R. Burns 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Lou W Ky
Points For 38 21
Total Yards 415 288
Rushing Yards 206 43
Passing Yards 209 245
Passing Completions / Attempts 11/17 25/47
Turnovers 1 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 2/2
First Downs 21 14
Penalties - Yards 6/69 5/25
Time Of Possession 11:11 49:49
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/11 4/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 1/4
Punts - Average Yards 4/38 5/42

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Lou W Ky
Lou 10:42 TD Chatarius Atwell 9 yd pass from Macale Cunningham (Blanton Creque kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter Lou W Ky
Lou 2:56 TD Chatarius Atwell 46 yd pass from Macale Cunningham (Blanton Creque kick) 14 0
W Ky 3:48 TD Joshua Simon 77 yd pass from Steven Duncan (Cory Munson kick) 14 7
Lou 6:52 TD Javian Hawkins 20 yd run (Blanton Creque kick) 21 7
Lou 13:37 FG Blanton Creque 43 yd FG 24 7
Lou 14:13 TD Rodjay Burns 30 yd fumble return (Blanton Creque kick) 31 7
3rd Quarter Lou W Ky
W Ky 3:23 TD Jahcour Pearson 8 yd pass from Steven Duncan (Cory Munson kick) 31 14
Lou 13:34 TD Chatarius Atwell 62 yd pass from Evan Conley (Blanton Creque kick) 38 14
4th Quarter Lou W Ky
W Ky 2:10 TD Kyle Fourtenbary 3 yd pass from Steven Duncan (Cory Munson kick) 38 21

Game Information

Stadium: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Attendance: 22,665
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